Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool (1950)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Miles Davis
Title Birth Of The Cool
Length 37:44 Discs: 1 Tracks: 12
Format LQ <160 kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Blue Note Cat. Number 30117
Style Bop; Cool Rating
Recorded live 1950 
Musicians Credits
Miles Davis trumpet
Gil Evans arranger
Kai Winding trombone
Gerry Mulligan sax baritone
Lee Konitz sax alto
Max Roach drums
Kenny Clarke drums
John Lewis piano
J.J. Johnson trombone
Gunther Schuller french horn
Joe Shulman bass
Sandy Siegelstein french horn
Al McKibbon bass
Billy Barber tuba
John Barber tuba
Nelson Boyd bass
Junior Collins french horn
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood vocals
Al Haig piano
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Producer Franko Caligiuri
Producer Walter Rivers
Mastering Rudy Van Gelder
Producer Pete Rugolo
Track list
Move 02:36
Jeru 03:14
Moon Dreams 03:22
Venus De Milo 03:11
Budo 04:19
Deception 02:47
Godchild 03:09
Boplicity 03:03
Rocker 03:05
Israel 02:20
Rouge 03:14
Darn That Dream 03:24
AMG Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (5):
So dubbed because these three sessions — two from early 1949, one from March 1950 — are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, The Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate. After all, there's a reason why this music was called cool; it has a hip, detached elegance, never getting too hot, even as the rhythms skip and jump. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about these sessions — arranged by Gil Evans and featuring such heavy-hitters as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Max Roach — is that they sound intimate, as the nonet never pushes too hard, never sounds like the work of nine musicians. Furthermore, the group keeps things short and concise (probably the result of the running time of singles, but the results are the same), which keeps the focus on the tones and tunes. The virtuosity led to relaxing, stylish mood music as the end result — the very thing that came to define West Coast or "cool" jazz — but this music is so inventive, it remains alluring even after its influence has been thoroughly absorbed into the mainstream.